The James Buchanan Rocket and Albert Gallatin Colonial football teams have never faced each other in a football, but their programs are very similar.
The two gridiron squads face off Friday night at Albert Gallatin, which is in Pennsylvania, but only about 20 minutes east of Morgantown, W.Va., in a non-league game at 7 p.m.
The Colonials are off to a 2-0 start this season, which is quite a turnaround because the last few decades have been anything, but fun.
Just like JB (2-2) did 3 years ago, Albert Gallatin left its league after last season, the WPIAL (District 7), to play an independent schedule this year.
Albert Gallatin has not had a winning season since 1983 and during that time has had 11 win-less seasons. Since 2000, the Colonials record was 26-151. Last year Albert Gallatin went 0-10, scored only 36 points while being shutout 6 times.
“They have some size, but not the speed we’ve seen from teams like Big Spring or Springfield,” JB coach David Miller said. “They ran into the problem like us. They weren’t getting the player numbers out for the team and were getting beat pretty bad each week. They finally decided to go independent.”
The Colonials opened this season by ending an 11-game losing streak with a 41-20 win over Carrick and then followed that up last week with a 14-0 win over Brashear.
“They have two wins, but both of those teams are 0-3,” Miller said. “They run the triple option and run a 4-4 defense.”
The Rockets are coming off a 35-0 loss to Springfield Township.
“We have to play better up front and establish the run,” Miller said. “We shuffled some things around on the line to hopefully do that.”